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6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler         It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t.  The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them.  Can.  Not “will do with them”….but “can”.   Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it.   Take a tip […]
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Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler        When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so.  If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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Clients need to be reasonable and meet expectations too
by Tony Vidler        It is not unreasonable to have reasonable expectations, is it? Whenever we enter into an agreement with somebody else to work together on anything it is fair to say that we both have expectations about how the arrangement is going to work. That applies whether the arrangement is moving into a […]
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Why Good Content Matters (and what it looks like)
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“.  There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
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How Often Should We Try To Engage With Clients?
by Tony Vidler        “How much is too much contact?”   “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”.   Much of […]
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Engage, Engage, Engage…make it a PROCESS!
by Tony Vidler        If real estate is driven by location, location, location, then surely the advice business is driven by engage, engage, engage.   I’ve previously posted about the problem with generating referrals consistently largely coming down to the lack of engagement with, and by, clients.  A process of engagement is also often the […]
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Why don’t you roll the dice and ask for referrals anyway?
by Tony Vidler        On some things you just have to roll the dice and take your chances in life.  Asking someone for a date….getting on a plane…or asking for referrals. It doesn’t always work out of course, but as a great hockey player once said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” […]
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You really do have to sell more to clients…REALLY.
by Tony Vidler        This should be a self-evident truth that requires no explanation, but apparently it isn’t: Your clients will stay with you longer and be more valuable to you if you cross-sell multiple products and services to them.   Yes, yes…I know…there is that word “sell” and it doesn’t always sit well with […]
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Target Market: You need 3 of them…
by Tony Vidler        Whenever we talk about target marketing and chasing an ideal client it seems to be assumed that there is just one “right client profile”.   Not true.   There are usually 3 target market client profiles that I recommend, as we have a commercial requirement to balance up the odds of […]
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Know and Use the Principles Of Influence Deliberately
by Tony Vidler        One of the most important pieces of work for professional advisers in the last 3 decades would have to be Robert Cialdini’s Principles Of Influence. Essentially he has distilled the lessons of human behaviour into a relatively small group of principles which most humans are influenced by.  There are exceptions of […]
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